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Sustainable Aquaculture - Distance Learning (UG Cert) 2021 entry

Aquaculture is one of the world's fastest growing industries, with an average growth rate of over 8% per year for the past ten years. The Undergraduate Certificate course in Sustainable Aquaculture introduces the topic and focuses on the global aquaculture industry alongside fish and invertebrate biology. No previous study of aquaculture is required.

The course is delivered in partnership with 5m Publishing, who have developed the e-learning platform used to teach the course, and Fish Vet Group, the largest global supplier of veterinary services to the aquaculture industry.

This modular course is delivered part-time by distance learning via online tutorial support, direct email contact with tutors, video streams and access to student bulletin boards. 

More information for 2021 entry will be available in September 2020. For information on the current year of entry for this course, see the 2020 page.

How to apply

 

Course type

Undergraduate Certificate

Course duration

44 weeks part-time

It is possible to start the Sustainable Aquaculture UG Cert in January or September. Course start and end dates have not yet been confirmed for 2021 entry.

Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in the archive.

Entry requirements

These grades are the overall standards required to consider you for entry. Find out more about Standard, Minimum and Gateway entry requirements using and see which entry requirements you need to look at using the entry requirements indicator.

  • At least two Highers, or equivalent, from the following subjects:

    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Computing
    • Geography
    • Geology
    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Psychology.
  • At least one A-Level, or equivalent, from the following subjects:

    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Computing
    • Geography
    • Geology
    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Psychology.

International applicants

If English is not your first language, you will need an overall IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum score of 6.0 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent.

How to apply

Do I need to have studied this subject before?

You do not need previous knowledge of sustainable aquaculture to apply.

General entry requirements

All applicants must have attained the following qualifications, or equivalent, in addition to the specific entry requirements for individual programmes.

SQA qualifications

SQA National 5 (B) in English and one SQA National 5 (B) from the following:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computing science
  • Geography
  • Lifeskills Mathematics (A grade)
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology.

GCSE qualifications

GSCE (5) in English language or English literature, and one GSCE (5) from the following:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computing Science
  • Geography
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology.

Other qualifications

More information on how to apply via other entry routes or accreditation of prior learning and experience can be found on the University’s entry requirements web page.

Fees

Tuition fees for 2021 entry

2021 fees are not available yet for this course. More information on tuition fees can be found on the undergraduate fees and funding page

Accommodation fees 

Find out about accommodation fees for University accommodation. 

Funding and scholarships

The University of St Andrews offers a number of scholarships and support packages to undergraduate students each year.

Find out more about undergraduate scholarships

Meet us online

If you're interested in studying at St Andrews, join us on a virtual visiting day or daily information session to find out about our courses, how to apply, and to meet current students.

Undergraduates

Upcoming online visiting days:

  • Wednesday 30 September 2020
  • Wednesday 7 October 2020
  • Wednesday 14 October 2020
  • Wednesday 28 October 2020
  • Wednesday 4 November 2020

Your future

Undergraduate degrees

Find out more about the undergraduate degrees in Marine Biology, and Biology more widely, at the University of St Andrews.

Postgraduate degrees

See the Sustainable Aquaculture PGDip/MSc and Sustainable Aquaculture PG Cert course pages for more information about postgraduate degrees in Sustainable Aquaculture.

Careers

Students who take postgraduate modules in Sustainable Aquaculture will typically pursue a career in higher-level management, research and development, or business development within the global aquaculture business.

The Careers Centre offers one-to-one advice to all students as well as a programme of events to assist students to build their employability skills. 

Contact

School of Biology
University of St Andrews
Biomedical Sciences Research Complex
North Haugh
St Andrews
KY16 9ST

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 3401
Email: bioadmissions@st-andrews.ac.uk

Biology website

The Fish Site

Course Director: Dr Neil Hazon
Scottish Oceans Institute
University of St Andrews
St Andrews
KY16 8LB

Email: nh1@st-andrews.ac.uk

Undergraduate Certificate in Sustainable Aquaculture Administrator: Mrs Katrina Gatherum
Scottish Oceans Institute
University of St Andrews
St Andrews
KY16 8LB

Email: pgtaughtbiology@st-andrews.ac.uk 

Policies

Admission to the University of St Andrews is governed by our admissions policy.

Curriculum development

As a research intensive institution, the University ensures that its teaching references the research interests of its staff, which may change from time to time. As a result, programmes are regularly reviewed with the aim of enhancing students' learning experience. Our approach to course revision is described online (PDF, 72 KB).

Tuition fees

The University will clarify compulsory fees and charges it requires any student to pay at the time of offer. The offer will also clarify conditions for any variation of fees. The University’s approach to fee setting is described online (PDF, 84 KB).